Movie Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)


Details from IMDB:

100 min  -  Comedy  -  15 March 2013 (USA)

Ratings: 6.4/10 from 2,310 users   Metascore: 44/100
Reviews: 20 user | 57 critic | 35 from

When a street magician’s stunt begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look to salvage on their act – and their friendship – by staging their own daring stunt.


Don Scardino


Jonathan M. Goldstein (screenplay), John Francis Daley (screenplay), 4 more credits »


Steve Carell, Luke Vanek, Steve Buscemi | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

Steve Buscemi and Steve Carell are two actors I enjoy. Buscemi lately has done an excellent job on Boardwalk Empire and I have enjoyed Jim Carey (who also stars) in some movies in the past. So for a change we decided to see a new movie and went to this a few nights ago.

Main Points:

This really isn’t much of a movie. There are a few funny parts and a few heart-warming moments but for a movie at just 100 minutes I still managed to get bored and that’s certainly not a good sign.

The one thing I will say is that Steve Gray (Carey) is obviously supposed to be Chris Angel and I certainly agree with the statement this movie makes, doing gross effects and extreme stunts is not magic and not even entertainment. Real magic is about wonderment and the ability to believe in the impossible, if only for a short time.Hot smile

Also making an appearance here is James Gandolfini, who plays the stereotyped Vegas bigwig who only cares about the bottom dollar and his hotels. He does generate a few laughs and I also should mention a decent performance from Alan Arkin, who plays an older magician and hero to Burt and Anton.

Final Thoughts:

Based mainly on the actors who tried their best and a story that did have a few laughs I give this mild recommendation Thumbs up (and by that I mean wait to PVR or Download it (legally of course Smile). I think there must be better things in theatres to go to but I do still give it a 7/10. Until next time I am, as always…



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